Claustrophobia is the fear of enclosed places. It is fear of not having an easy escape route and often leads to panic attacks.
- Traumatic childhood experience (such as being trapped in a small space during a childhood game)
- Unpleasant experiences(such as being stuck in an elevator)
- Fear of restriction
- Fear of suffocation
- Removes clothing during attacks
- Increased heartbeat
Claustrophobics dislikes small rooms,locked rooms,cars, tunnels, cellars, elevators, subway trains, aeroplanes, caves, crowded areas,sitting in a barbers chair, waiting in line at a grocery store and undergoing an MRI or a cat scan,simply out of a fear of confinement to a single space. They are not afraid of these areas but,they fear what could happen to them should they become confined to an area. In extreme cases, the very sight of a closed door can lead to feelings of anxiety in the individual. Claustrophobia can have crippling social and psychological effects since the patient will often avoid situations in which she thinks she will have an anxiety attack, leading to isolation and depression.
Claustrophobia is not an illness and we can help an individual control the condition with the help of medicines and counselling. We have specific medicines for the fear of travel in trains,aeroplanes,closed rooms etc.We have been able to help paitents over come their fears completly